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Help! I can't feel my pulse!?
I can't feel the pulse on the right gland in my neck, but I can feel it on the left. Is there something wrong?

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Your Pulse and Your Target Heart Rate
What is your pulse?
Your pulse is your heart rate, or the number of times your heart beats in one minute. Pulse rates vary from person to person. Your pulse is lower when you are at rest and increases when you exercise (because more oxygen-rich blood is needed by the body when you exercise).

Knowing how to take your pulse can help you evaluate your exercise program.

How to take your pulse
1. Place the tips of your index, second, and third fingers on the palm side of your other wrist, below the base of the thumb. Or, place the tips of your index and second fingers on your lower neck, on either side of your windpipe. (See the illustrations to the right.)

2. Press lightly with your fingers until you feel the blood pulsing beneath your fingers. You might need to move your fingers around slightly up or down until you feel the pulsing.

3. Use a watch with a second hand, or look at a clock with a second hand.

4. Count the beats you feel for 10 seconds. Multiply this number by six to get your heart rate (pulse) per minute.

Check your pulse: _______________ x 6 = ________________
(beats in 10 seconds) (your pulse)

What is a normal pulse?
Age Group Normal Heart Rate at Rest
Children (ages 6-15) 70-100 beats per minute
Adults (age 18 and over) 60-100 beats per minute

What is maximum heart rate?
The maximum heart rate is the highest your pulse rate can get. To calculate your predicted maximum heart rate, use this formula:

220 - Your Age = Predicted Maximum Heart Rate

Example: a 40-year-old's predicted maximum heart rate is 180.

Your actual maximum heart rate can be determined by a graded exercise test.

Please note that some medicines and medical conditions might affect your maximum heart rate. If you are taking medicines or have a medical condition (such as heart disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes), always ask your doctor if your maximum heart rate/target heart rate will be affected. If so, your heart rate ranges for exercise should be prescribed by your doctor or an exercise specialist.

Target heart rate
You gain the most benefits and lessen the risks when you exercise in your target heart rate zone. Usually this is when your exercise heart rate (pulse) is 60 percent to 80 percent of your maximum heart rate. In some cases, your health care provider might decrease your target heart rate zone to begin with 50 percent.

Do not exercise above 85 percent of your maximum heart rate. This increases both cardiovascular and orthopaedic risk and does not add any extra benefit.

Always check with your health care provider before starting an exercise program. Your health care provider can help you find a program and target heart rate zone that match your needs, goals, and physical condition.

When beginning an exercise program, you might need to gradually build up to a level that is within your target heart rate zone, especially if you have not exercised regularly before. If the exercise feels too hard, slow down. You will reduce your risk of injury and enjoy the exercise more if you don't try to over-do it.

To find out if you are exercising in your target zone (between 60 percent and 80 percent of your maximum heart rate), stop exercising and check your 10-second pulse. If your pulse is below your target zone (see the chart below), increase your rate of exercise. If your pulse is above your target zone, decrease your rate of exercise.

Age Target Heart Rate (HR) Zone (60-85%) Predicted Maximum Heart Rate
20 120-170 200
25 117-166 195
30 114-162 190
35 111-157 185
40 108-153 180
45 105-149 175
50 102-145 170
55 99-140 165
60 96-136 160
65 93-132 155
70 90-128 150
Your actual values Target HR Max. HR

J-Money W
No, nothings wrong. You're just not looking for it in the correct spot

Believe it or not, sometimes the pulse in your neck can be faint enough that you cant feel it. Its okay. Obviously if you're typing this question to us you're still alive :)

To check your pulse in your neck...feel along the sides of your neck for the glands (should feel like slightly solid and round and sit about jaw line) then feel not even 1/4 of an inch lower than those glands...it might be faint but its there.

Feeling your pulse on your wrist is a lot easier...basically follow your thumb line down to about the middle of your wrist

I don't want to scare you, but you're probably dead. Please see a doctor immediately.

probably not, cuz u'd b feeling a whole lot more. u also probably wouldnt b asking us. anyway, how old r u? u sound young, sooo like ur mom or school nurse or neighbor or i dont know, someone u can talk to straight up bout this? i dont think that there is anything wrong, but i'm no nurse or doctor. u r probably feeling in the wrong place. as long as ur arms move and u r not dizzy or in pain, i'd say u r cool, but u r there, and i am here.

Maddie =)
no i think it does that sometimes, it does that to me too

Dakota M
Stop for a minute. Take a couple of deap breaths, and then try again. Or try in a different place. There are loads of places where you can try and feel your pulse. (Some better that others)

Relax and try a different spot. Make sure you don't use your thumb, as it throbs and can interfere with you feeling the pulse in your neck. Try a spot further back or a little more up front. Some people's veins are deeper and/or harder to find. Also, maybe you just have a pulse that is faint. I actually check the carotid arteries (both sides) for work. If this is something you are worried about, ask your doctor next time you see them. They can do a doppler of your arteries to make sure they are not blocked. However, this shouldn't be something you're worried about unless you're up in your 40s and/or overweight. :) Hope that helped.

Benny P
you probably have felt the wrong place. Have a feel around ur neck and you might find it

as long as your alive

youll prob die since that IS more likely then you just not knowing what your doing.

if ur fat its cause ur fat

try a different area on your right, and don't use your thumb ( it has a pulse there too)

John B
NO, sometimes it is deeper in there.



Donovan J
Your either dead, a robot, or an alien life form. Where are your whereabouts. Contact the government immediatly.

probably not.

the vein might be lower in the skin/muscle

lots of people can't feel the pulse in the neck at all.

no nothing is wrong LOL
you may just be feeling the wrong spot! If you are able to lift your fingers to feel for the pulse, you are fine LOL

No, you're fine - you just aren't feeling in the correct spot on the right. Don't worry - just because you can only feel the pulse on one side does not mean you're half dead. ;)

maybe you're just not doing it right

Not that I know of. Since I was about ten and I learned I could feel my pulse, that's where I've been able to feel it strongest (In the left gland on the neck.)

Obviously not - you are still typing.

No, you just can't find it. And it's not found in a gland, it is from the carotid artery.

no. your not gonna die...
*cough* idiot *cough*

Kim K

No you probably just arent looking in the right spot. Its stronger on the left because thats the side of your body your heart is on

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